Chaponda return to court  over cash found stashed in suitcases  not maizegate —Lawyer

Former agriculture minister and Mulanje South West parliamentarian, George Chaponda, is expected back to court in Zomba within 90 days but his defense lawyer has said his return is  not related to  corruption-related case regarding the Zambia maize purchase in 2016.

Former minister Chaponda still to be in court as ACB appeals his corruption-related case

Chaponda was arrested in July 2017, five months after President Peter Mutharika fired him from Cabinet due to public pressure on his alleged role in maizegate

But in spite of over 11 months of battles in court,  Zomba chief resident magistrate Paul Chiotcha acquitted Chaponda on May 18 2018, after quashing all evidence presented by the graft-busting body Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in support of the counts, arguing they lacked elements of corruption.

ACB appealed his acquittal  on three charges of giving false information, possession of foreign currency and attempting to obtain an advantage by instructing former Admarc chief executive officer Foster Mulumbe to offer a contract to Transglobe Produce Export Limited, but the State only appealed against the first two counts.

A letter of mention which Nyasa Times has seen, signed by the presiding judge Redson Kapindu on December 13 2019, all parties in the case are invited before the court in March, where a decision will be made on the direction of the case.

“Let all parties concerned attend mention before the Judge in chambers on the 12 day of March 2020 at 9 o’clock in the fore noon to hear the directions by the court on how this matter will further be dealt out with,” reads the notice which Supreme and High Courts Registrar Agnes Patemba confirmed to the press.

But in an interview with Nyasa Times, Chaponda’s lead defense lawyer, Tamando Chokhotho, said  the former minister’s return to court was maize-gate unrelated.

“The ACB did not appeal on matters relating to the maize but rather on the charge of giving false information to the Bureau and possession of foreign currency,” Chokhotho told Nyasa Times.

Chokhotho also said as defense they were of the conviction that their return to court was not going to change anything.

“The Magistrate’s decision and findings were correct both on fact and law,” said Chokhotho.

Nyasa Times also understands that Chaponda’s implication was as a result of a “power struggle” within the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

At then, Chaponda had been vice president of the party for the southern region and was seen to be rising steadily in the echelons  of the party’s presidency.

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winstonmsowoya
winstonmsowoya
10 months ago

IF CHAPONDA COULD RUTHLESSLY STEAL SUCH WEALTH FROM MALAWIAN PEOPLE WHO ARE SWIMMING ON HOT WATERS TO LET THEIR CHILDREN EAT AND GO TO SCHOOL,HOW ABOUT PETER MATHANYULA AND THE SO-CALLED BROTHER-IN LAW CHIMULENJINI? MALAWIANS ARE HELD THE LOWEST HUMAN BEINGS IN AFRICA FOR BEING SO SLEEPY.ANY JIM AND JACK CAN RULE MALAMI ANY DAY ANY TIME.MBAVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Zitsiru zi ma cadet zapanga dominate apa. Zikupanga downvote ma comment. Ku ntumbo kwa amanu agalu inu. Your DPP leaders will rot in jail. DPP itha ngati makatani as did UDF. Muthakorika tizizamuyendetsa ulendo wa ku criminal Court like that idiot Muluzi. Mark my words you stupid dogs.

Malawian
Malawian
10 months ago

Aaaah ine ndadabwatu instead of voting up ikuti down ya now am getting your point

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masoambeta
masoambeta
10 months ago

Court evidence showed that Chaponda played foul by defrauding the government of large sums of money in the purchase of maize for the nation. Further evidence uncovered huge sums of money at his personal residence, stashed in suitcases in different currencies. For a man of Chaponda’s stature, to stock such currencies in his house showed that he was in the midst of a furtive and clandestine activity. Why did he not put the money in the bank? How did he become to hoard such amounts of cash? If the courts issue a warrant now to search his house, would he… Read more »

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10 months ago

Inu awa anakakhala kuti ndi maiko achilungamo pano bwenzi ali kuwelengera masiku ku prison tazingoputsisanani ndani sadziwa kuti dpp ndi onse oitsatira ndi adani achilungamo?Malawi dziko lomvetsa chisoni ophunzira ndiye zili mbala zigawenga kuononga chuma cha dziko kumeneko sikudala asatana 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

APM akundiyamwa shaft 🍆👅

WORD! There are some DPP dogs 🐕, mbuzi zachabechabe, who are busy downvoting comments here. DPP IZATHA NGATI MA CURTAIN!!!!

masoambeta
masoambeta
10 months ago

Truth shall always prevail.

Peter T
Peter T
10 months ago

It’s time all these idiots to face the law, they must go to prison after this cases.

Nice!
Nice!
10 months ago
Reply to  Peter T

the time is coming soon we are counting down they will all be locked up

Mlakatuli
Mlakatuli
10 months ago

The Zomba based magistrate judgement leaves a lot to be desired. And questionable.

Machendekhwepe
Machendekhwepe
10 months ago
Reply to  Mlakatuli

Why? Are you a lawyer?

Happy
Happy
10 months ago
Reply to  Machendekhwepe

I did not find useful to be a lawyer, so why is he going back to court?

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